The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed criminal complaints against 10 more business taxpayers for their alleged refusal to pay tax debts amounting to more than P420 million.
This brought to 35 the number of businesses based in Metro Manila charged before the Department of Justice with tax evasion since last week in an effort to collect some P2 billion in delinquent accounts.
Manila Revenue Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga named the latest corporate respondents as Richie Import and Export Trading, Maiden Voyage Manning Services, Pinic International, Lekker, System Global Dimension Services, A’S-8, Mheriban Sales, and Best Outlet Trading.
Also charged were Jimmy Sandongdong of Amy’s Manpower Services and Neliza Luna of Star Dynasty Trading.
The unpaid tax liabilities covered 2016 and prior years covering mostly withholding, income, and value-added taxes
Two of the respondents, Maiden Voyage and Pinic, filed returns via the electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS) but allegedly did not remit the corresponding taxes.
Sabariaga said he recommended the filing of the criminal cases to higher authorities after the accused repeatedly ignored several assessment and collection notices sent to them for years.
The president and treasurer of the said companies were also included in the charge sheets.